Tuesday, October 27, 2009
IS THE MEDIA CONFUSED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, OR ARE JOURNALISTS TELLING HALF TRUTHS?
UHSPA-UGANDA scales up cervical cancer campaign
Monitor Online | Opinions | Keep focus on cervical cancer25 Oct 2009 ... Keep focus on cervical cancer. Editorial. The Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists of Uganda last week raised a red flag that the.....
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Uganda: Fighting Cervical Cancer
19 October 2009
Kampala — The country's health infrastructure is overwhelmed by the number of women seeking cervical cancer tests, a gynecology seminar heard in Kampala on Friday.
If detected early, both conditions can be treated, but experts said although many women report early to health facilities with abdominal pains, most medical officers treat them with antibiotics, because they are not able to identify the problem.
The experts also heard that by the time patients go to referral hospitals, the cases are in advanced stages and life threatening.
"Many NGOs have sensitised women on the need for tests, but most of the cases are poorly-handled. Some medical staff confuse them with Sexually Transmitted infections," Dr Judith Ajeani from Mulago Hospital said.
She said there is need to train, equip and create dry laboratories in teaching hospitals and universities to train medical students and orient those in service on detecting and treating cervical cancer conditions.
The seminar was jointly organised by the Aga Khan University Hospital-Nairobi and the Association of Uganda Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Over 70 experts shared experiences and devised means to scale up interventions.
Three NGOs form alliance to support older persons
The policy was launched October1, 2009 at the International celebrations held in Iganga. The alliance brings together, Matunda Ya Wazee, ACREF- a youth organization and UHSPA-Uganda.
The group would work towards promotion of a dignifying and health ageing rights for older persons. Uganda has 1.3 million old persons, but lack basic access to health services, when they are discriminated against.
Mr. Cris Kituku, the Matunda Ya wazee director, said it was unfair to deny the older persons their rights to health and dignity. He said there were a lot of challenges to access to pension funds, even when the older people qualify to get their money.
Under the initiative, ACREF, a youth organization led by Mr. Ivan Kintu would mobilize the youths in the country to support social efforts to help the aging.
He said there was a direct connection between revamping the older person’s rights and the youths, because majority of the population are young people. Mr. Kintu observed that with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and orphans, older persons had played a significant role in shouldering the care of young ones when their youthful parents died. UHSPA-Uganda, would play a senstisation role using the media
Monday, October 26, 2009
UNFPA brings maternal mortality back on the global agenda
Radio 4 Woman's Hour -Maternal Mortality Rates
One of the Millennium Development Goals (built on agreements made at UN conferences in the 1990s) is to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.
BBC World Service - News - Maternal mortality: why so many mothers die giving birth
The meeting, organised by the United Nations Population Fund, aims to harness political will and money to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2015.
News - Health - Call to act on maternal mortality . Last updated: 26 Oct 2009
Health ministers from around the world say swift action must be taken to reduce global maternal mortality rates.
News - Africa - Tackling Ethiopia's maternal health crisis . Last updated: 26 Oct 2009
As a UN conference on maternal health issues takes place in the Ethiopian capital, the BBC's Pascale Harter meets women being treated for birth-related injuries..
Programmes - Sunday AM - International Aid
But I have to say I've been to Iraq four times in the last two and a half years and it's quite humbling when you meet politicians and others who put their lives on the line to do what.
News - Americas - US exports anti-abortion policy . Last updated: 28 Jun 2003
Hundreds of women's health organisations in the poorest nations of the world - places where maternal mortality and infant death are high - faced a tough choice.
Podcasts - Woman's Hour: News, Politics, Culture
And as the UN Population Fund holds a high level maternal health meeting in Adis Ababa, Sheila asks what can be learnt from countries that have reduced their maternal mortality rates?
Programmes - Panorama - Programme Transcript
GRACE KODINO This is not an environment to decrease the rate of maternal deaths. And this really helps to save lives, and this would really help to reduce the maternal mortality.
News - World - Improving health in fragile states . Last updated: 24 Sep 2008
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, maternal mortality doubled during the recent conflict, leaving its residents with no hope of hitting the target to reduce deaths in childbirth by a third by 2015.
PNEUMONIA SENSTISATION PICKS UP
The Uganda Health andd Science Press Association working with the Uganda Paediatic Association has stepped up a media senstisation campaign on Pneumonia in children ahead of the World Pneumonia Day celebrations slated for November2,2008.
For articles covered in Ugandan media click the links below:
www.monitor.co.ug/.../Why_pneumonia_should_make_you_hold_your_breath_93619.shtml - 9 hours ago
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
USING the lenses.microphones,and print to communicate from policy makers to grassroots
UHSPA embraces safe mother hood
Electronic media members
From the Horses Mouth
From the Horses Mouth
UHSPA discusses Geoengineering implications to Uganda
Regional nurses body pledges to work with UHSPA-Uganda
Kalazar patients at a health centre in Amudat
etcgroup holds meeting with UHSPA-uganda
A group of civil society actors want Uganda to establish a policy framework to manage the use and application of nanotechnology, a new advanced science whose safety is not yet establish.
At a meeting of science stakeholders at the Common Wealth Resort in Munyonyo yesterday, the experts on the technology said local cotton farmers, saloon operators who use nanotechnology derived beauty products were at risk of health complications.
Nanotechnology is a science that manipulates matter at the scale of atoms and molecules. The atoms can be used in a wide range of applications like food, medicine, cosmetics, pesticides and crop sector development.
Ms Kathy Jo Wetter, a Programme Manager with the action group on erosion, technology and concentration (etcgroup), an international group monitoring the use of the technology said Uganda needs to prepare her population for the era of new science.
She said the technology would remove many peoople from their jobs at almost the scale of the industrial revolution in Europe, because large items can be made with simple manipulation of nature.
Ms Wetter wondered the ethical implications of the technology, which is scrutinizing the entire concept of life by coming up with new brain signals that can live for over 200 years.
“What it means is that the entire concept of life and health is to be changed,” she said.
Mr. Fredric Ssempala, the Curriculum specialist at the Mulago-Mbarara Teaching Hospitals’ Joint Aids Programme said some products of the technology were already on the Ugandan market.
“ But greed and selfishness are the two most powerful elements driving this science. Uganda should develop standards and policies to review importation of nano based products in the country,” Ssempala said.
He said other sciences including synthetic biology, which involves developing laboratory copies of viruses, cells or bacteria that simulate the natural ones were a threat to agricultural productivity.
Ssempala said currently Norvatis, a Swiss based company was looking at developing synthetic active ingredients that make coartem, the first line malaria drug, instead of relying on farmers who grow artemissia annua, from which the current natural ingredients are extrcated.
Ms. Molley Kane, another officer from etcgroup said scientists were looking at manipulating climate to determine when it can rain or not, which she equated to playing God. But Ms
Ms Ruth Mbabazi, the Secretary to the National Bio-safety Committee said recently that Uganda had no policy or tools to evaluate products of nanotechnology, before pronouncing them to be safe and sold on the market. One of the most popular product is the biodisc, claimed to replenish the body when ones pours water on the glass-like structure and drinks.
She however said some products were already on the market. The committee comprising of experts from various research and policy institutions, also looks at UNCST approved technology research in Uganda has a big mandate in monitoring products of genetic medication like those from biotechnology.
So far, the committee monitors confined genetically modified banana research in Kawanda, and cassava at Namulonge agriculture research institutes. But biotechnology, involving the transfer or modification of a specific gene with desired traits is quite different from nanotechnology, yet Uganda is also still struggling with developing a regulatory framework.
Ms Mbabazi said it was important that the environmental, health and safe use of genetically modified organism (GMOs) is understood. “Nanotechnology should fall within our mandate. Uganda needs to be aggressive with developing laws to monitor its use,” she said.
But Dr. Terry Kahuma, the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards ( UNBS), said there is a need to develop standards to ascertain and quantify the effectiveness of new products of nanotech. He said UNBS had come up with a mechanism of developing standards for health products, if they have a “perceived danger”.
“But buying a product is voluntary. Use your eyes and ask questions,” Dr Kahuma said.
Kala azar patients rights highlighted
As part of our cam[aign to better health, UHSPA working together with the Stop Medicines stock outs highlighetd the plight of people suffering from Kala azar. we are glad that this condition has been picked up the firt lady and Prime ministers office as a priority list for karamoja region.But alot more in areas of IEC needs to be done, and also stocks of medicines against kalazar in public health facilities needs to be supported. for a list of articles we publiched on kala azar folow this link:
UHSPA partners with Equinet
UHSPA-UGANDA Executive Director Meets health minister
UHSPA-Members interview health minister
Monday, October 19, 2009
Mind the saloon you go to
Have you taken note of hygiene at the saloons you go to? This may be result and hiv infection. from the towels, ear piercing equipment,smootheners, are you sure a 1000/- hair cut is expensive than a 2million hospital bill ( read hepatis infection)
Cholera red flag
Cholera, typhoid,...................... name it. the rain season has started, in fact elnino. have you thought about the water you are taking......... the source. UHSPA-UGANDA asks you to take what you consume seriously this season
Hospital ambulance for Mityana Hospital
This ancient, non functioning car is the only ambulance available for a 100 beds in Mityana Hospital. it is down. this is the hospital where a mother died recently causing a riot. so, whose responsibility is it to fix this mess---- dont point fingers-- it's you and me; see we are the government......... so let's a make an effort today to help the health workers who treat us
At the health facility in Kabong
These patients you see here were photographed by our member at a health facility in Kabong,karamoja. it takes the whole day to see a doctor for a simple illness like malaria. let's do something about helping our health facilities serve us better
Mothers's health equals child's ( nov2 world pneumonia day)
your part. for colleagues who want to write about pneumonia. Contact Dr Sabrina Kitaka of Uganda Paediatric Association or call 0752628406 for details
Interdicted mityana medical staff
COMMUNITY HEALTH AND HYGIENE
Monday, October 12, 2009
Stop medicines/supplies stock outs
UHSPA-UGANDA Executive Director at UHEN launch
Uganda Health Equity Network is launched
UHSPA-UGANDA PARTICIPATES IN EQUINET SUMMIT
Supplies stock outs
Four children admitted on one bed
The crowded wards
Nurse enters her dilapidated house
HEALTH WORKERS boss tours mityana hospital
This is the nurses quarters
Mityana hospitals's hygiene
Inside Mityana's Main Hospital. It's horrible to be a patient there
Inside Mityana's Main Hospital. It's horrible to be a patient there
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